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AASCU President Muriel Howard Talks About Public Higher Education
with the New England Journal of Higher Education. Read more

Congratulations to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
on their 175th anniversary -- what a milestone!  Be sure to check out their Founding Celebrations page on the AASCU website.




Dalton State College (Ga.)
Dalton State is collaborating with two regional technical colleges to provide career assessment and counseling services to area adults in the hopes of helping them identify skills and aptitudes linked to job opportunities in Northwest Georgia. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
In collaboration with the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Millersville University offers piano lessons to veterans at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center on Saturday mornings free of charge. Read more

San Diego State University
On the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement of a $200 million initiative to help young men of color overcome barriers in society, two San Diego State University professors are shifting the conversation on student success for men of color in postsecondary education to one of institutional responsibility. Partnering with community colleges across the United States, Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood are working with higher education institutions to enhance access, achievement and success among minority male community college students. Read more

SUNY New Paltz
The New Paltz campus community, local tavern owners and town officials came together on March 25 to celebrate a 15-year partnership of the Tavern Owners Agreement, encouraging responsible and lawful consumption of alcohol and appropriate civic customer behavior, and the launch of a new collaboration with the college that incorporates the tavern owners into an innovative campus-based alcohol prevention program. Read more

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Members of the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics faculty recognized years ago the potential of North Carolina's nascent wine industry as an economic engine for the state. When Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery needed to find out if placing an authentic Italian restaurant next to their location in tiny Ronda N.C. made sense, they turned to Bryan School MBA students to work up a business plan. It turned out to be an award-winning pairing -- their business proposal for establishing an Italian restaurant at the vineyard just won Project of the Year by the Small Business Institute. Read more

University of Central Florida
A group of 16 Rosen College students are participating in the Cannes Hospitality & Event Management Program, which will allow them to work behind-the-scenes during France's Cannes Film Festival. Read more

University of Northern Colorado
Colorado School of Mines and the University of Northern Colorado are leading the way with an innovative new partnership in response to state and national shortages of teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Mines, Colorado's premier engineering university, and UNC, the leading teacher preparation institution in the state, will team up to create the unique program. It will serve as a national model amid a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina and John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University will co-host a leadership opportunity for female students in May. The second annual NEW Leadership™ South Carolina Summer Institute will teach college women about leadership and public affairs and encourage them to consider careers in public service. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Cal State San Bernardino
The National Science Foundation has awarded Cal State San Bernardino a grant for $485,000 to help the university further develop its cyber security and intelligence programs to help meet the expected demands for more cyber security experts. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Four faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have been awarded inaugural grants from the Caryl Towsley Moy, Ph.D., Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University President Jamie Comstock announced that the university has recently received the largest single known gift in its 128-year history – a gift of more than $2.2 million. Designated to support theatre scholarships, the generous gift is from the estate of the late Dr. Ann Coleman Peyton. Read more



Awards and Honors

California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) has earned top national honors from the Collegiate Advertising Awards (CAA) for its “Together We Innovate – Join Us” advertising campaign. CI garnered a Gold Award, placing it in the top 5 percent out of 800 entries submitted by higher ed institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Read more

California State U., Monterey Bay
Arlene Krebs, technology development officer at California State University, Monterey Bay, has been named a 2014 Broadband Champion by the California Emerging Technology Fund. Krebs, founding director of the Wireless Education and Technology Center (WeTEC) at CSUMB,was recognized for her groundbreaking work and strong commitment to close the digital divide. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno professor Jenelle S. Pitt is the 2014 Rehabilitation Educator of the Year. The award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education honors an individual demonstrating outstanding ability as a rehabilitation educator. Read more

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento State is the recipient of Gold and Silver Awards of Excellence presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VII, for outstanding marketing communications in 2013. “Made at Sac State” received Gold in the Advertising Campaign category while the 30-second commercial “Going All the Way” earned Silver in the PSAs and Commercial Spots category. Read more

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
The Student Leadership Development Program at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, has been named the 2014 Grand Bronze winner of the NASPA Excellence Awards. The honor means that NASPA, the leading professional organization for student affairs administrators in higher education, has rated Brockport’s Student Leadership Development Program as the third best student affairs program in the country. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Sarah Sagmoen, director of learning commons and user services at Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been selected as one of 50 “Movers and Shakers” in the annual award sponsored by Library Journal, the most prestigious trade journal in the library profession. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University’s Department of Student Life has been named one of the “Top 30 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Ohio State University’s Center for Inclusion, Diversity and Academic Success (IDEAS). Winthrop joins institutions such as Lehigh University, California State Polytechnic University and the universities of Stony Brook and Vermont in the list, which appears in the March 27 edition of “Diverse Issues in Higher Education.” Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received a Green Chemistry Award from the national ACS Green Chemistry Institute for the chapter’s outreach activities during the 2012-13 academic year. This marks the third straight year the ASU chapter has received the Green Chemistry Award from the national ACS. Read more

California State University, Fresno

  • California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Read more
  • Twenty-five California State University, Fresno students will engage in four days of service for the university's sixth annual Alternative Spring Break Program to benefit the Fresno Rescue Mission-Rescue the Children project. Students are conducting a donation drive and will serve at Rescue the Children by building two playgrounds from the ground up, painting and decorating three rooms for residents with the Adopt-a-Room project and coordinating activities with the children and families on site. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Parents and educators regularly lament the amount of sleep today’s teenagers get. Throw in overt or even subtle forms of racial and ethnic discrimination, and a good night’s sleep can become even harder for minority teens, according to a recent study by California State University, Northridge child and adolescent development professor Virginia Huynh. Read more

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento State's Construction Management team earned an honorable mention in a tie for a national third-place finish at the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) student chapter competition Wednesday, March 12, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Read more

The Colorado State University-Pueblo men’s club racquetball team recently won its 17th national championship as the ThunderWolves claimed the team title at the 2014 Wilson National Intercollegiate Championships, held Mar. 11-15 at the North Carolina State University Racquetball Club. The ThunderWolves scored 1,676 points to finish atop the standings ahead of Oregon State, Missouri, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, North Carolina State, Texas, Utah Valley and Penn State, who rounded out the top 10. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)

  • Dakota State University junior Clay Barton, a physical science major from Webster, S.D., was recently awarded a $2,500 educational stipend from the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium Management Team for the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of the stipend is to reward accomplishment and recognize potential future achievements in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Read more
  • Megan Pifer, a senior digital arts and design major from Madison, S.D., is a 2014 Gold ADDY winner at the local level of the American Advertising Awards held in Sioux Falls, S.D. Read more

SUNY Buffalo State
Buffalo State's recent Transforming Lives fundraising campaign exceeds $20 million goal. Read more

University of Central Florida
Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks. Read more

University of Northern Colorado
Software invented by a startup company co-founded by a University of Northern Colorado faculty member offers a revolutionary solution for improving student learning in internships and other field experiences. The startup also paves the way for the expansion in tech-transfer projects as part of UNC’s focus on innovation. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University was well-represented at the 2014 Charlotte ADDY Awards, with three alumni and one student taking home awards for their designs. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Charlotte is a non-profit professional trade association comprised of creative people dedicated to excellence in advertising. Read more
  • Winthrop University held a peace celebration on March 24 to commemorate the installation of the university’s first Peace Pole. Peace Poles are the most recognized international peace symbol in the world, and there are more than 200,000 of them in almost every country throughout the world. Winthrop’s Peace Pole was dedicated to the memory of Father David Valtierra, peace activist and a former campus Catholic minister for more than 30 years.
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  • Winthrop University school psychology graduate students recently helped the Rock Hill school district evaluate the effectiveness of its early childhood education initiativesThey found that third graders in at-risk groups who had participated in the district's pre-kindergarten program tested significantly higher in reading than those who didn't receive any early education training. Read more
  • Winthrop University basketball standout Dequesha McClanahan is among 20 players who have been named to the 12th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Basketball Team for 2013-14. Read more